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WADCO NEWS 



Volume 1 



Plainville, Mass., November 4, 1920 



Number 7 



Mesh 



time lost in hours Solder Filled Wire 



REQUIRES CAREFUL HANDLING 



our little mesh 
away night and 
weaving wire 



The Ancients Better Skilled In 
Some Ways Than We Are 

In a previous issue of this paper 
there appeared an article on the 
history of mesh and most of you 
have, no doubt, viewed the ancient 
mesh in our little exhibit. 

Judging by some of the dates </\\- 
en those mesh artists were about one 
leap ahead of the stone age. With 
what envious eyes they must look 
down upon us from the'.r happy 
hunting ground above, and watch 
machines clicking 
day, automatically 
into mesh of a much 
liner and superior grade than theirs! 

And as we have but little use for 
armor in these days, we cut this 
mesh up and join it into purses to 
gladden "Miladies' Heart.*' 

Thinking it over, have we so much 
on those medieval chaps after all for 
it seems but yesterday that we also 
were winding our wire on a rod into 
the form of a * spiral spring, then 
splitting and joining into mesh, by 
hand, the rings thus obtained, but 
let's forget that slow method. In or- 
der to keep up with the demand we 
must have machines, good machines. 
These we certainly have, as you can 
see for yourself, if you will but take 
a peek into the Mesh Boom. 

Our best grade of mesh is soldered. 
Solder-filled wire makes this possible 
coupled with the fact that our mach- 
ines make a perfect ring with cor- 
rectly mitered and closed joints. A 
perfect joint is necessary for a suc- 
cessful soldering operation. That is 
why it is necessary to exercise great 
care in handling this mesh. Before 
it is soldered, the wire that goes into 
the making of soldered mesh, is only 
nine one-thousandths of an inch in 
diameter, and it does not require a 
tremendous strain to open the rinjjs. 
Open rings means unsoldered rings. 
Unsoldered rings means poor mesh 
that must be mended and adds great- 
ly to the cost of the finished product. 
(Cont'd on page 2) 





Oct. 16 


Oct. 2:: 


.Mesh Boom, 


32.75 


11.25 


Assembly Room, 


66.25 


62.50 


Polishing Room. 


15.25 


28.50 


( 'oloring Room, 


13.0 


9.75 


Bench, Department, 


23.0 


26.50 


Soldered Mesh. 


31.50 


12.75 


Unsoldered Mesh. 


20.75 


17.25 


Tool Koom, 


5.30 


8.0 


Stamp and Press. 


7.50 


5.0 


Sewing Dept., 


10.0 


5.0 


Rolling Dept.. 


.... 




Maintenance, 


14.LV) 


10.25 


Planning Dpt., 


4.0 


4.0 


Repair Dept.. 


15.2.") 


13.25 


Snap Fastener Dept. 


. 3.75 


1.25 


Gold Dept. "A". 


1.25 


5.25 


Gold Dept. "B", 


16.75 


15.0 


Total. 


280.75 


235.50 


Whiting Chain Co., 


7.0 


7.75 



Burnishing 

In order to have good burnishing 
done on purse-tops, the tops must be 
carefully prepared in the Buffing De- 
partment. They must be well cleansed 
so that when they are colored the 
gold will deposit in good shape. Af- 
ter they are colored they arc ready 
for the burnisher. 

A burnisher, in order to do a good 
job, should have good lighl and clean 
surroundings. His tools must be in 
perfect shape and free from all Haws. 
lie should have a good supph of clean 
towels as from four to six are osed 
each day. 

As the tops come from the coloring 
room, they have a dull finish. When 
burnished, they have a hard, smooth 
mirror-like surface which greatly im- 
proves their appearance. 

Burnishing, unlike polishing, does 
not remove any of the gold in the 
process. When a top is polished, a 
certain small amounl of <rold goes up 
the blower while burnishing merely 
makes the surface hard and smooth 
with no loss at all. 

If one were to take a German Sil- 
ver top and have it polished, there 
would be nothing left but the german 
silver, the gold all being polished off. 

Doc. Nolan. 



TO BK MADE IN NEW ADDITION. 



The Basis of Good Mesh Is Good 
Solder Filled Wire 

A great deal of interest and specu- 
lation have been current in the fac 
tory lately regarding our new ad- 
dition, what it is for and what ben- 
efits will accrue from such a move. 

Our new addition is intended to 
house an industry affiliated, yet s p 
a rated from the production of mesh 
bags, namely, wire in its different 
stages of manufacture. 

"Many of you know this industry far 
belter than the writer, but for the 
benefit of those who do not, a short 
word picture will be portrayed here. 

Wire, that is, good wire, is the back- 
bone of our mesh production and up- 
on this material depends the wage of 
most of our employees and the condi- 
tion of our business. Good wire means 
good merchandise and less heartaches 
and cussing. Boor wire can easily dis- 
rupt the entire organization from the 
management down, destroy our pres- 
tige as makers of quality mesh bags 
and ruin the morale of the employees 
You will readily see how important it 
is that we have good wire, and if you 
desire confirmation of this, ask Dick- 
Berkley, flattie Coombs or Bill 
Sweet. The answer you will receive 
I already know, including all the em 
bellishments that go with such an e\ 
planation to make it forceful enough 
to sink in. 

The initial operation in making 
wire is the assembling of all nickel 
silver non-solder filled scrap in our 
Melting Dept.. where it is melted in a 
gas melting furnace at about 1700 de- 
grees of heat. When the metal tiqui 
ties into a molten condition it is run 
into an ingot casting and allowed to 
cool or solidify, thus bringing it back 
to its old condition, in a different 
shape. An ingot looks a great deal 
like a huge spike, two inches in diame- 
ter and eighteen inches in length. Af 
ter the cooling operation the ingot is 
taken to the wire department where 
the metal spike receives a very cutting 
(Cont'd on page ;i) 



WADCO NEWS 



Wadco News 



PlRI.ISHEU SeMI-MoNTHLY 

by the Employees of Whiting & Davis 
Company, Plainville, Mass. 



Publication Committee 

J. O. (Jagnon, Chairman 

W. M. Fuller Lee Higsrins F. Gaddes 

(). Sotlerstroiu H. B. Howau 



Editok 



C. H. Pkasi.kv 



COMMERCIAL P « C It - P » I H T t » » 



EDITORIALS 



Ring True 

Dont be what you ain't, 

Jes" be what you is. 
If you is not what you am. 

If you can't exhort and preach, 

Then you am not what you is. 
If you're just a little tadpole. 

Don't try to be a fro?. 
If you're just the tail, 

Don 't try to wag the dog. 
You can always pass the plate 

If you can't exhort and preach, 
If you're just a little pebble 

Don't try to be the beach. 
Don't be what you ain't 

Jes' be what you is. 

— The Labor Union. 



WANTED 



Articles of interest to the employees 
to be published in this paper. Among 
the eight hundred and more employ- 
ees there surely are many who have 
interesting ideas to express. Here's 
your chance to get into print. 

Remember our paper is a co-opera- 
tive one and requires the assistance of 
all who consider that it is worth while. 
Do your bit today. Turn in the arti- 
cles so fast that the editor will have 
to hustle to find space for them. 

A man is judged by what he does 
with what he has, not by what he 
might have done with what he might 
have had, but has not. The less a 
man has the greater his relative 
achievement and success, and the 
greater credit is due him for what he 
accomplishes. 



MESH (Cont'd from page 1 ) 
Mesh must necessarily pass through 
many hands before it becomes a fin- 
ished purse, and the importance of 
careful handling should be under- 
stood by all. 

When it comes off the machine it is 
weighed, then cut up into sheets and 
cleaned. Then these sheets are cut 
up into baa: shapes, weighed again, 
cleaned and charged for soMering, 
after which they are soldered, cleaned 
again, tested and repaired. Now the 
mesh is ready to be joined into bags. 
Then it is tested by tubbing, repaired 
and tagged. 

From this point it is checked off on 
orders, and delivered to the coloring 
room where it is cleaned and tubbed 
for plating. Afterwards it is struck, 
plated, tubbed, and lacquered before 
it is ready to be delivered to the as- 
sembly room where it is tapered to fit 
and hung on the frames for which it 
was intended. Lack of space forbids 
us to go into details as to how these 
various operations are accomplished, 
so let us go down and have another 
look at the ancient mesh. Did they 
solder theirs? No, but they welded it 
and how in the world did they do it ? 
Tt may be that they are giving us the 
laugh from up there in their happy 
hunting ground. 

SHERBROOKE BRANCH 



MIDDLEBORO NEWS 



You cannot always judge by ap- 
pearance, the early bird may have 
been up all night. 



The Province of Quebec was set- 
tled largely by French and after the 
French and English "War, one of the 
peace stipulations was that the 
French were to have religious free- 
dom and separate schools. As a re- 
sult we now have schools for both 
French and English. School attend- 
ance at the present is not compulsory 
although efforts towards this end are 
now being made. A new law has been 
recently passed to the effect that no 
children under sixteen are to be em- 
playd in factories unless they can read 
and write in either French or Eng- 
lish. 

Our holidays differ from yours. We 
have already had our Thanksgiving 
on October 11th. Besides we have 
Dominion Day, July 1st; Queen's 
Birthday, May 24th; Christmas and 
New Year's Day in addition to nu- 
merous Church Holidays which are 
quite generally observed by the 
French. 

I Cont'd on Page 3) 



I'pon the wall beside the clock, 
The Boss has placed a sign 
Telling all to start their work at sev- 
en 
Instead of eight or nine. 

Now, girls, take heed and listen. 
We know the Boss is right ; 
Plainville calls for more bags 
Calls with all its might. 

And during working hours 
We often waste our time, 
Discussing latest fashions 
And the fellows, so sublime. 

And as to being absent 
Or late — we never should ; 
We must gather in the shekels. 
While the gathering is good. 

We surely do feel grateful 
For steady work each day. 
While other shops are silent. 
And employees have no pay. 

Bye and bye we'll read a notice 
In our "Wadco News". 
Telling all its readers. 
If they only choose 

They can buy sweet cider 
And doughnuts by the peck. 
But the must come early 
To the Marcil Farm, by heck ! 

Hurry up, my dear Marie, 
Put the public wise — 
For you know as well as I 
How it pays to advertise. 

Girls! keep away from Plympton 
And all the dances there. 
For Bees and Wasps do gather 
To sting the dancers fair. 

To hear a perfect story, 

You must to Frances go, 

For she got stung one fatal night. 

While dancing with her beau. 

Now comrades all, 
O, please take note, 
1 have no wish 
To "get your goat." 

Just keep him hitched 
So he will not roam 
And do be a "sport" 
When a shot strikes home. 

Mis. Hattie Goodwin. 



WA D C O NEWS 



SOLDFR FILLFD WIRE (from page l> 
experience, both ends being sawed off 
and Ihe residue looking like just what 
it is, a cylindrical bar of niekel silver. 
The next operation in line is the turn 
ing off the outside to bring it down to 
a smooth finish and making it perfect 
ly round to about 1 % inches in diam- 
eter. If we left the outside just as it 
was we should have a sorry lot of wire 
to deal with for each tray pit and sear 
would be reproduced, surprisingly 
magnified on the surface of the fin- 
ished wire, for the ultimate produc- 
tion is merely a smaller reflection of 
the original ingot. Thus an ingot 
weighing twelve pounds originally 
and drawn down to .009 wire would 
equal approximately 53,230 feet or 
10 miles. You can imagine then, when 
yon stretch a 15-inch ingot to 10 miles, 
what one of those little scars or pits 
would look like in .009 wire, not two 
or three inches, but probably several 
hundred yards would be affected. If 
you should figure the surface this wire 
would cover, if flattened out and 
placed in a square, you could cover a 
room containing 127 square feet. You 
would find it some stunt to flatten out 
a 15 inch ingot to cover one of your 
looms, but you have that much sur- 
face on it when you draw it down to 
.009 wire from which we make our No. 
4 mesh. 

To be cont'd 



NEW COMERS 



SPORTING DEPARTMENT 



Mesh Room 



SHERBROOKE BRANCH (Cont'd) 
It is a very easy matter to step out 
into the open from here and game is 
quite abundant. Our employees go 
after deer over the week ends, but as 
vet we have no venison to eat. 

As you know Canadian Industries 
are dependent to quite a large extent 
on the United States for some portion 
of their material and supplies, con- 
sequently a large portion of the rev- 
enue of the country is raised from 
Customs Duty and we have to give a 
good deal of attention to the Customs 
rules and regulations, and when we 
import goods from the V. S., which 
we are doing frequently we, after re- 
ceiving notice from the Express Com- 
pany of the arrival of a shipment, in- 
voice of which has or should have 
reached us previously by mail, make 
out three copies of an entry which 
must correspond in all particulars 
with the Customs manifest. 

L. W. Cook. 



I. con Mooradian 

George Gananian 

Mrs. Edgar Beaupre Assembly Boom 

Miss Idella Dumas 

Blanche Preeourt 

•Tess'e Jillson Polishing Room 

Wa^do E. Barney Coloring Room 

Annan Percourt 

.T. A. Robitalle " " 

Leo Greve Bench Dept. 

Joseph E. Moran 

Augustin II eon 

Otto Xewhaus 

Adolph Rheaume 

Ravmond Fagnan 

Charles Blanchard 

George Paquin 

I.eontine Gamin Soldered Mesh 

Mrs. Helen Richmond Unsold *d Mesh 

Mary Conely 

Mrs." Emile Lacasse 

Matilda White 

ary Scaccia 
Mrs.' Danah 
Wilhelmina McGuire 
liva Dargis 

John Endels Tool Room 

Edward Slattery 

Alfred E. Blake Stamp & Press 

Philip King 

Arthur Gallaut Maintenance Dept. 
M. C. Henderson 

Ralph. Spence Planning Dept. 

Alice Mullaney 
Irene Bunker 

John Meegan Office 

Grace Rhodes Packing Room 



Assembly Room Song Titles 

Mr. Francis: "Who do you want to 

make those eyes for ? ' ' 
Irene: "Oh, you Beautiful Dodd." 
Eva: " My Baby 's Arms. ' ' 
Josephine: "Kiss Me Again." 
Cora : "Sweet Kisses. " 
Molly: "Keep away from the Fellow 

with an Automobile." 
Mr. Childs:"I love the Ladies.'" 
Evelyn: "Love Nest." 
Elsie II.: "Daddy Long Legs." 
Helen :" Smiles." 

Lee Higgins evidently can put up a 
good bluff. If you don't believe it ask 
the "cop" at Norwood. 



The man who shouts that all bosses 
should be sent to the junk pile means 
that he has a hankering to be boss 
himself. 



Prank Brown, Editor 
In 1889, the Meteors of North At- 
tleboro were a very strong club and of 
course the rivalry was just as strong 
then between the Attleboros as it is 
at present. The Attleboro fans chal- 
lenged the Meteors for a game and it 
was finally arranged. The following 
is the report of the contest from the 
daily papers. 

The Attleboros came to town on 
Saturday and the way they were 
trimmed by the local boys was some- 
thing terrible, the final score being 
■ VI to 0. Jingo Draper was in the 
points for North and the way he 
mowed our Boys down was awful. 
striking out 18 men. He was ably as- 
sisted by Oscar YValden behind the 
plate, who handled Draper's cannon- 
ball delivery to perfection. Slater 
and Kelly were in the points for At- 
tleboro, who lasted one inning. After 
that inning every player on the At- 
tleboro team took a hand in the box. 
but it was no use. for the boys from 
up North were hitting for three bases, 
home runs and singles galore. It was 
some game. The writer was there with 
r few Bing'es to help along the slaugh- 
ter. 

We are about to start a bowling con- 
test in the factory. Some of ihe 
bowlers have been talking it up and it 
looks as if every department will have 
a team. 

A regular shop team will enter the 
League which is being formed at the 
Anawan Alleys and as we have some 
of the very best in this locality at 
knocking them down, we should cop 
the trophy. 

There is a place in baseball for the 
curve pitcher, but never for a crook 
pitcher. 

Hughey (Eee Yah) Jennings is to 
be associate manager of the X. V. 
Giants. What a combination he and 
Mugsey will make? 

Phil Bennett has returned from 
his honeymoon and was presented 
with a cut glass set by the bench 
hands. F. H. Brown presented it 
in his usual manner but didn't have 
a chance to kiss the bride. 



WADCO NEWS 



V 



CAUGHT IN THE MESH 



A homely little girl met Arthur 
Plante on the stairs the other day 
and was heard to say, "Hello, you 
tunny face." " I '11 bring you a mir- 
ror in the morning," was his reply. 

Why is Edith like a Winchester? 
Because she always repeats. 

Ida Meyers wishes that Mildred 
would find out whose birthday it is 
before she greases any noses. 

Fred Lymls was a bachelor gay 

Who came to work in his ear every 
day. 

It would be my joy and pride 
To be always by his side. — 
But what would his mother say 

Xo doubt you all know Bob Austin. 

He took his girl into Boston. 
They had everything fine, 

He smiled all the time 
Until he found out what it eost him. 



HEALTH HINTS— VI 



Fever Symptoms. Certain gen- 
eral symptoms are characteristic 
of all fevers, and local complica- 
tions may modify or exaggeratethe 
symptoms of any fever. The gen- 
eral symptoms of acute febrile af- 
tions are dry, hot skin, thirst, full, 
rapid pulse, coated tongue, diges- 
tive disorder, loss of appetite, 
headache, pain in the back and 
limbs, elevation of temperature, 
and increased waste of tissue due 
to a perversion of the physiologic 
processes. An increased amount 
of carbonic acid gas is thrown off 
by the lungs. A partial compen- 
sation for the waste of tissue is 
made by the increase in the con- 
sumption of oxygen. This point 
needs special emphasis, for the in- 
creased consumption of the oxy- 
gen requires an increased air 
space, and special attention to ven- 
tilation. Various classifications of 
fevers will be given later. 

B. G. Cote, \urse 



There was a young man named 
Cheever, 
And you bet he was some "deceiv- 
er. ' ' 
As he walked up the aisle 

At the girls he did smile. 
And at last his wife said, "I will leave 
yer." 

Of course you all know Kittie Greve, 
So this news you will gladly receive. 

Dame Rumor hath said 

She shortly will wed. 

We'll trim her. you'd better believe. 

Ed: "Here's an apple. Olga." 
Olga : "What's the matter with 

it!" 

Al and Bud Kenyon should put on 
their lights the net time they stop on 
Red Rock Hill. 

Puzzle 
Frank Gaddes claims that he went 
twenty miles on a half gallon of gas. 
How far did he walk? 

The Hallowe'en dance of the W. S. 
Club gave all an opportunity to have 
a good time. Dame Rumor was right 
— cider and doughnuts were there. 
All had a fine time. 

Ed. Rocket has sold his motorcycle 
and is now driving one of Henry's 
finest. 

It is certainly surprising how bash- 
fid the fellows are who come from 
Wrentham, especially Leon. 

Have you ever heard of the "Lolly- 
pop twin six?" If you want to join, 
ask Rosia. 

( 'upid has entered the Stamp Room 
for Levi Reynolds has "gone and 
done it." Congratulations, Levi. 

A certain young girl of the Plan- 
ning Department, when told that 
Walter MeCann was going to see 
"Irene" one night, looked up with a 
troubled expression, and asked "Irene 
Who ? ' ' 

Last Sunday. Ed. Hoffman, Bill 
Card and Charlie Nash took to the 
Indian Trail where their efforts were 
rewarded by seven specimens of ar- 
row-heads. 



Who refereed the bout on last Wed- 
nesday night after work? They say 
it was a pippin while it lasted. What 
is the matter with hiring a hall and 
having it out? Jim Coyne will ref- 
eree, I am sure, and there will be a 
decision. 

Mrs. G. Rivet, of the Woonsocket 
Branch, won the canary raffled off by 
Xurse Cote. 



You have heard the laugh of a vam- 
pire. 
The giggle of the coquette. 
But when Rita McGerry gets going. 
All your troubles vou'll forsret. 



We hear a lot in regard to the 
vamps in the W. & D. Co. How about 
this quartet from the W. C. Co.: Ra- 
chel Simpson, Del Staples. Annie Gal- 
ager and Etta Fitzpatrick ? 

Miss Nellie Cannon has returned to 
work after having been out for sev- 
eral weeks with an injured finger. 

The price of lumber must have gone 
up. Sylvia came to work the other 
day without his toothpick. 

Mesh Room Conversation 

Joe: "Do you know that Dick has 
hired some new help?" 

Sam : "No. I didn't ; when are they 
going to start in?" 

Joe: "Sixteen vears from now." 

Sam: "How's that?" 

Joe: "Because they will just be of 
age at that time." 

Sam: "What kind of work is Dick 
going to have them do?" 

Joe: "Why. I think he will teach 
one of them how to fix mesh machines 
under the supervision of his father. 
Bob Pelligri, and the other, being a 
girl, will learn about joining machines 
under the supervision of her father, 
Felix Benoit. Felix beat Bob by four 
pounds." 

Irene, the new vamp, in the As- 
sembly Room is being very successful. 

Do-Do and Pinky have left us for a 
warmer climate. We regret the loss 
greatlv.